How a couple should live to have a God-centered and successful marriage is summed up to four K’s and a P according to Bro. Eli Soriano, Presiding Minister to Members Church of God International.
It’s a biblical formula he taught for a successful marriage to 865 newly-bound couples during the International Couples’ Convention of MCGI held Sunday, November 20, at the main venue, the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, and at monitoring centers in Philippine provinces and abroad via the Internet.
The four “K’s” refer to Katwiran (righteousness), Kahatulan (judgment), Kagandahang-loob (lovingkindness), and Kaawan (mercy). Meanwhile, “P” refers to Pagtatapat (faithfulness). This is what Hosea 2:19-20 is all about as expounded by Bro. Eli Soriano.
In a sermon he delivered during the mass marriage ceremony, the Presiding Minister also stressed the weight of the marriage vow – that it is not a joke and that the bond expires only at death.
The mass marriage is the main part of the annual International Couples’ Convention, an annual event where couples get married and consult Bro. Eli about their spiritual worries and marital problems. This year’s event began at 6:30 a.m. and started off with a congregational singing and prayer followed by a consultation traditionally done prior to the official marriage ceremony. Bro. Eli, with the help of medical doctors, also provided information on reproductive health. Services given by the Church as a policy are all free.
At around 9:30 a.m., the couples took their vow to be faithful – without reservation – to one another in comfort or in difficulties from that day until their last breath.
(Written by: Hazel Chavez-David)